Institutional system of children’s rights protection in Lithuania

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Undoubtedly the restoration of Independence of Lithuania in the last decade of the 20th Century has instigated democratic processes of paramount importance in the field of human rights, especially those of the children. Children‘s rights per se was a novelty because of long term social, cultural, political and also legal implications of the Soviet period, where a child was perceived as property of the parents or the family in general, the child was not the ‗real‘ member of the society because of physical and intellectual immaturity. Situation changed very soon after Lithuania as a State has joined the greater community of democratic countries, ratified major human rights conventions. Transition of the regimes in Lithuania (as well as some other Soviet states) in the end of the nineties purportrated an immediate need for creating legal basis for protection of children‘s rights which served as an instrumental tool for creating the institutional system in the latter field. The process initiated after restoration of Independence of the state of Lithuania 1990. It was highly influenced by provisions and principles of international law, laid out in international conventions and other legal documents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
JournalVisuomenės saugumas ir viešoji tvarka: mokslinių straipsnių rinkinys
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • Children‘s rights
  • Children‘s rights protection
  • Institutional system

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